Welcome to Issue 23

Reforming Urgent and Emergency Care in Greater Manchester

DAY-TWO-167_2At our most recent board meeting, we presented our ambitious plans to improve urgent and emergency care in Greater Manchester, including experimenting with a small 24/7, 365 hub to help manage supply and demand, doing more work around IT systems and recruitment of staff, and looking at out-of-hours GP care across the region.

Find out more here.





£41m invested in primary care

We have invested £41m from our Transformation Fund to boost general practice and put GPs back at the heart of the NHS across Greater Manchester.

Our plans include improving access to GPs and other care services, expanding the workforce, making sure GPs are better connected to support services and ensuring easier access to 24/7 urgent primary care. You can find out more here. You can also read our Chief Officer’s blog here and watch our video below.


Update on the Five Year Forward View

Greater Manchester and eight other areas in England will become Accountable Care Systems (ACS) – ie. systems where NHS organisations and local authorities work together to provide better, more joined up care. Under devolution, we are already working in this way, so this will not change our direction. It was also announced that Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will become a rapid diagnostic assessment centre for cancer, and that the Christie NHS Foundation Trust – which has is already received new or upgraded equipment in early 2017 – will receive new radiotherapy machines in the next 18 months.

Find out more here.


Improving adult social care

We have launched a region-wide transformation programme for adult social care, with a particular focus on support and training for carers and people with learning disabilities.

Find out more here.


Our Stories Should Be Strengths On Which We Build

Carolyn Wilkins OBE is the Chief Executive of Oldham Council. Following an inspiring speech at a Partnership away day we asked Carolyn to write a blog about her experiences as Chief Executive and the new and innovative approaches to services the Council is taking. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter @CWilkinsOldham Read her blog here.


Transformation Fund update

Back in February, Partnership leaders joined local health partners in Wigan to sign a £14.8 million landmark agreement which will see them working closer together to help residents lead healthier lives.

Bolton and Manchester also received funding.

Find out more about funding for Wigan here

Find out more about funding for Bolton and Manchester here


Ensuring better access to medicines for patients in Greater Manchester

Phamaceutical MOU signing 24.02.17A unique partnership has been announced by the pharmaceutical industry and the Partnership which will help Greater Manchester deliver its vision to be the safest and most effective place to receive medicines in the world – and cement its position on the global research and development map.

Find out more here.






apple-touch-icon-192x192Earlier in March our Chief Officer Jon Rouse held the first of our live chats on Twitter @GM_HSC using the hashtag #GMHSCPChats

If you missed it, you can catch up via our Storify now.

We’ll be hosting another Twitter chat with Warren Heppolette, Executive Lead of Strategy and System Development, on Thursday 13 April from 7pm-8pm. Follow #GMHSCPChats to join the conversation. You can also follow Warren @wheppolette



NHS RightCare in Greater Manchester event – Thursday 20th April 2017 – Book now

Each local health and social care economy is using the NHS RightCare approach to help identify emerging opportunities to improve services and align these opportunities with local priorities. This work will result in changes to services (including possible increased focus on prevention and self care).

Commissioners, clinicians and senior managers working in health and social care across Greater Manchester (GM) are invited to join an all-day event being held on Thursday 20th April 2017 at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel in Manchester city centre.

Please click here to register for the event.


One You Physical Activity Campaign – Employer toolkit now available

500604_OY_Act10_Digital_TillScreen_790x470_AW_1_bGreater Manchester employers can now download the One You Physical Activity Employer toolkit here (password: walkatwork17).

The campaign aims to encourage adults to build more physical activity into their life by simply walking briskly for ten continuous minutes or more every day.

Ten continuous minutes of brisk walking every day gets the heart pumping and can make people feel better, more energetic and improve mood.

You can find out more about the campaign on the Active 10 website here.


New Population Health and Cancer Plan summaries online now

Our Population Health Plan summary and Cancer Plan summary are now available on our website.


Manchester Ecosystem meeting

The next quarterly meeting of the Manchester Connected Health Ecosystem will be held on Thursday 20th April at MSP Citylabs with registration from 9am.

Find out more here


To Karen O’Brien, Controlled Drugs Accountable Officer for the Partnership on winning a Women In Business Award for Excellence in Health and Social Care.

Find out more here.